Suspension points might not be the most eye catching piece of equipment in a dungeon but they can be some of the most versatile. When playing with bondage rope or chains there’s no need for any special equipment, but to do more complex ties and to lift your sub or bunny off the floor then a suspension bondage point is definitely needed. Read on for some great suspension exercise tips from Victoria Blisse, good for beginners and experienced riggers and bunnies alike!

 

Bondage Ropes and Chains and Rings, Oh my!

 

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What does it look like?

Generally, a suspension bondage point is a metal ring affixed somewhere on the ceiling. This will often be attached to a strong beam. Sometimes they can be fixed and unmoveable but sometimes they will be on pulleys or winches so they can be lowered and lifted when needed. Suspensions points are different to others as they will always be attached in some way to the ceiling.  Rings attached to the walls are used for restraint only.

 

How do I safely use one?

There aren’t any special instructions with these kinds of suspension exercises, you use the rings by threading your bondage rope or chain through the ring and go from there.  However, you do need to be careful when doing so, as it can be extremely dangerous, especially when partaking in Japanese rope bondage.

Do not try to suspend someone if you’ve never tried suspension exercises like this before. A rigger (the person doing the tying)needs to have had plenty of practice in suspension bondage before attempting to lift someone fully off the ground. However, you can use the suspension points to help you in your tying even if you’re just starting out.

Your bunny (the person being tied up) can stand with both feet on the floor and you can use the suspension ring to pull their arms up into the air, or even just use it as a way to keep them in just one place. This way you can practice your shibari or kinbaku (Japanese rope bondage) with a fixed point to start all your tying from.

If you are using bondage rope, or partaking in any kind of suspension exercises which use fabric ties, be sure to have a pair of EMT/paramedic scissors to hand. These are easy enough to find but can cut through rope easily and quickly in case of an emergency. You must always ask the person being tied about their physical health. If they have an EpiPen or inhaler, be sure the rigger knows and can administer these if needed. If you’re being tied let the person tying you know if you have any injuries, nerve problems or if you have any limb weakness. It is crucial to communicate at all times so that both rigger and bunny feel safe and comfortable.

 

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Got a thing for metal? No problem!

Chains can also be used for suspension bondage but as there is no give with them you need to be careful to add in enough carabiners to be able to quickly release the person restrained. They can be a lot of fun, especially if put in the freezer before play!

 

I’m ready to suspend, what now?

So you’ve practiced and practiced and you want to do some suspension exercises.  First things first, check that the suspension point is secure. How can you do that? Visually check that it is securely attached, that the beam is intact with no worrying cracks but you can also physically pull on it to see if it will take your weight.  If in doubt don’t suspend, it’s as simple as that.

Be sure there is something soft (like a mat) underneath you so if there is a fall, there is something soft to land on. When you’re planning your tie keep the bunny’s arms and legs free as long as possible so if there is a slip they’ll be able to naturally break the fall. Be sure to suspend so that a person can’t fall on their head and NEVER wrap the rope around a person’s neck.

Also make sure someone else, preferably an experienced rigger is with you to observe and intervene if any help is needed. This is especially important if you’re doing this for the first time.  The other person can be keeping an eye on others in the dungeon, so no one bumps into you as you’re tying as well as making sure both rigger and bunny are safe.

 

Is it all Bondage?

Not at all. Once you have your bottom restrained with rope or chain attached to your suspension point, you can then enjoy lots of other BDSM activities.  You can drip hot wax all over your sub but note this can stain your rope, so be careful if it’s particularly precious to you.  

There’s lots of impact play you can do from a simple hand spanking, canes, floggers and even whips.  Combine the restraint with a simple blindfold and you can have some sensory deprivation play –add in earphones and music and you can torture and surprise your sub to your heart’s content.

 

Next time you walk into a dungeon don’t just disregard those seemingly boring rings hanging from the ceiling, they could become the centre of your bondage and suspension fantasies come true. Have your own suspension bondage experiences? Don’t just hang around! Share your stories on the forum and exchange tips with other kinksters! If you’re new here, why not get roped in and get the full Fetish.com experience with a free membership?

 

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Images from Victoria Blisse & Creative Commons Flickr users malinki & markjhandel


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